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  • 13 Jul 2015
    Last week the Chancellor announced in the budget the introduction of a National Living Wage from next April. The NLW effectively introduces a new higher age band, as it will only apply to those people 25 and older. This article gives a full overview of all the rates that will be in force from April next year.

  • 29 Jun 2015
    This time a Northern Irish tribunal rules that voluntary overtime should be included in holiday pay calculations. This is yet another development in the long running holiday pay saga that could have significant implications for UK employers.

  • 29 Jun 2015
    Travelling time to and from work should be paid for some workers, rules the Advocate General in a Spanish case that, if ratified by the European Court of Justice, will have a significant impact on employers who have staff without a fixed place of work.

  • 25 Jun 2015
    In the widely reported case of Begum v Pedagogy Auras UK Ltd t/a Barley Lane Montessori Day Nursery, Ms Begum, a nursery assistant failed in her claim that her would be employer’s request that she wear something shorter than a full length jilbab was discriminatory. She lost her case, but what are the implications for employers when it comes to religious dress in the workplace?

  • 25 Jun 2015
    The Begum case proved to be a victory for common sense, as the particular garment Ms Begum wanted to wear to work was a trip hazard and was not strictly required to be worn according to her religion, but deciding what is reasonable for employers to expect when it comes to telling employees what to wear/not to wear in the workplace is a challenge, and it isn’t confined to religious dress either. As employers can we ask people what to wear or not to wear? What about all those piercings & tattoos, whacky hairstyles and designer stubble? Our article, based on previous case law, explores the limits of what we can expect when it comes to employees in the workplace.